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connecticut on the floor here, and i know they are coming to speak about the horrible tramgd in newtown last friday. i will abbreviate my remarks so they can have the floor and commend both of them for extraordinary statements last night at a memorial service. i will not forget ever some of the things they shared with us about this terrible tragedy. but i come to the floor this morning just for a few moments to pay tribute to one of my great friends and one of my great colleagues, danny inouye, who passed away yesterday. the majority leader has done such an extraordinary job recounting his life, and i think back what it must have meant to him as he witnessed pearl harbor at the age of 20. he said that he realized at the time that the pilots in those planes that were bombing his family and others in hawaii were people of the same ancestry as his father, and it hurt him. it hurt him as well to be branded as suspect because of his japanese origin and to see literally tens of thousands of japanese americans interned in camps because their loyalty was questioned. he took the opportunity to volunt
for a vigil, we were having for the newtown, connecticut awe awe -- i kept remembering the words even though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, i will fear no evil for you are with me. i found myself asking in the car, how was it that he was able to walk so confidently through the valley of the shadows of death? i began to speculate, i thought perhaps he could do it because he had been in that valley before. i heard the story of the silver dollar that saved his life, she was shocked and had two silver dollars in his pocket. he had been in the valley of shadows before, walking through, not scurrying, not jogging, not running. with an eke anymorety of temperament he could walk through. i said there has to be more than that. i continued to drive and thought perhaps he was able to walk so confidently in too the valley of the shadows because he knew that there was light in that valley, you can't have shadows without light. i remembered his prayer breakfast speech only a few weeks ago how he talked about his faith roots and i knew that he had illumination in the valley. as the dome of
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